With a degree in facilities management and critical infrastructure, you’ll bring a unique skill set to the built environment. You’ll understand the requirements of what it takes to manage a variety of facilities by using multiple disciplines to ensure functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. At the same time, your enhanced IT skills in cybersecurity will enable you to understand the nation’s critical infrastructure and how protecting both physical buildings/industrial plants/transportation and their computer networks that remotely operate these facilities are crucial to our society and the way we live. Finally, you’ll complete an unmanned systems course and can add a minor in unmanned systems that will lead to being able to obtain your FAA Part 107 license to operate commercial uses of drones weighing less than 55 pounds.
Facilities Management is a trillion dollar industry and is huge both in the United States and internationally and leads to many career opportunities. There are many types of facilities such as small office complexes, high rises, stadiums, airports, to name just a few which directly overlap with the Department of Homeland Security’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors. These include the management and protection of facilities such as water and wastewater treatment facilities, power plants, oil refineries, manufacturing facilities, chemical facilities, transportation sector, nuclear industry, dams, commercial facilities, communications structures, defense bases, and hospitals.